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Picturing the Past 58: From church to sports

Posted Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 10:39 AM

The old Main Street Church of Christ, from Oct. 11, 1957. (T-G file photo)
Many of you under, say, age 45 may have wondered what used to be in the large city parking lot across South Main Street from The Fly Arts Center.

Here it is. Main Street Church of Christ was on South Main until the early 1970s, when today's Fairlane and East Side churches of Christ were formed. The move came during the time this part of Shelbyville between South Main and South Jefferson were undergoing an urban renewal project. This photo's dated Oct. 11, 1957.

Was the house next door the parsonage, or used by the church for other purposes, or was it a private residence?

Looks like someone had a new '57 or '58 Plymouth station wagon (the car at far right).

Also of note: Was the traffic light above actually a red-green light or a flashing caution light, like the one that hung over that intersection of South Main and McGrew streets for years?


The 1971-72 Wartrace High School Panthers: Front row, from left, Jerry Curry, George Hodge, Wayne Reynolds, Clay Parker and Duane Cooper; second row, Charles Smith, Glynn Higgins, Mike Harden, Don Woodson, Rory Griffy, Roger Hise and coach William Christie. (T-G file photo by Bo Melson)

We've had requests to post some sports photos. Thanks to a contributor for this one of the 1971-72 Wartrace Panthers, one of the last Wartrace teams before the school and Bell Buckle (after that town's school burned) were consolidated into Cascade. We'll post more from time to time.

Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog. Reader contributions are welcome.

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David, thanks for the great pictures of Main Street Church of Christ and the 1971-72 Wartrace Panthers Boys Basketball team.

I believe that the house next door to the church was the parsonage but I can not be sure about that. I also believe that Dr. Methvin's office was either one or two doors past that house. His office was almost across from the old DREMC offices.

As for the traffic signal, I can not be sure. I think that it was a red-green signal in my memory. I do know that I stopped at that intersection many, many times. It seems to me that the flashing lights (like the one at the entrance of the hospital on Union) were only 1 lens in each direction, with the yellow (slow down and proceed with caution) facing the main thoroughfare, and the red (stop and proceed with caution) facing the side streets. Again I can not be definite about this.

In the basketball picture I only recognize William Christie.

-- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 7:10 AM

David, Joey Fults' name was left out. He is the person holding the basketball.

-- Posted by Farmer Bill on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 8:24 PM

Clay Parker is the 5th player from left.

-- Posted by Gauss on Fri, Apr 30, 2010, at 12:33 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.